Ernest (Ernie) Stevens is a published author with a #1 selling book on Amazon titled: Mental Health and De-escalation: A Guide for Law Enforcement Professionals. Ernie was also a contributing author for, Police Mental Barricade. Ernie was a police officer for 28 years, serving 26 of those years with the San
Antonio Police Department where he was a founding member of the Mental Health
Unit. Ernie has been featured on the Emmy Award Winning HBO Documentary, Ernie and Joe: Crisis Cops. He has also been featured in NBC’s documentary, A Different Kind of Force. Ernie was interviewed by ABC’s Nightline’s Byron Pitts, and featured as officers trained to respond to mental illness calls. Ernie has been featured in over 27
publications and deemed an expert in Crisis Intervention Training. He is a graduate of
Wayland Baptist University and holds a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice.
He is married to his wife Lisa who he attended school with since elementary school. He has two incredible children, Reed and April. Ernie continues to assist communities build and program manage multidisciplinary response teams, pairing a clinician, officer, and medic together to respond to crisis calls. He currently works with the Southwest Texas
Regional Advisory Council as a Crisis Response and Resiliency Manager.